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Un air de famille (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 June 1998 (USA)
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

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Cédric Klapisch

Writers:

Agnès Jaoui (play), Jean-Pierre Bacri (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Henri
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Denis
Catherine Frot ... Yolande
Agnès Jaoui ... Betty
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Madame Ménard - la mère
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Philippe
Alain Guillo Alain Guillo ... Le Présentateur
Sophie Simon Sophie Simon ... La Mère 1967
Cédric Klapisch ... Le Père 1967
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Le Voisin
Chantal Gouard Chantal Gouard ... Une amie de la mère
Viviane Ordas Viviane Ordas ... Une amie de la mère
Aurélie Remacle Aurélie Remacle ... Betty 1967
Nicolas Taeb Nicolas Taeb ... Henri 1967
Ludovic Taeb Ludovic Taeb ... Philippe 1967
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Storyline

An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and memories both clash and coalesce. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Leisure Time Features

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Resemblance See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$92,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,806
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Yolande: What use is it to keep a paralysed dog in the house?
Denis: Think of it as a decoration. It's like a rug, but alive.
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Referenced in An Innocent Little Game (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Come prima
Written by Jacques Larue, Mario Panzeri (as M. Panzeri), Sandro Taccani (as S. Paola Taccani),
Vincenzo di Paola (as V. Di Paola)
Performed by Dalida
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A pleasure to watch
16 March 2000 | by keenastSee all my reviews

It is always interesting to read other peoples impressions and critics of movies and when I read the Darragh O'Donoghue's above comments about the film 'Un air de famille' - he (she?) already doesn't understand the title of the film which is full of double or triple meanings - I can't help but write down my very own impressions of the film.

It is clearly visible that the script was originally written for stage by using one single location for the film. The director of the film cleverly used the simple set(it's a low budget movie after all) to invoke a lively family meeting by setting up lots of different shots. His solution was to make the camera mostly invisible by not clinging to exaggerated camera moves or positions. By doing so he gives us the possibility to concentrate on the actors and their dialog. And what a pleasure that is to do. Step by step we get more and more involved and because it's somehow clear from the beginning that this piece is not about major surprises but about the subtle plays and conflicts happening between people who know each other for a long time, one is charmingly pulled into the story.

p.s. the subtitles are clearly readable. The 'banal' dialog between the family members has exactly the right dose of innuendoes and truthfulness.

A pleasure to watch.


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